So a 27 year-old has been pictured partying, albeit naked, with what he thought were “friends”...big deal? Well ninety-nine times out of a hundred probably not, but when the hundredth person in question is third in line to the throne, you can be sure it’s front page news.
Prince Harry has found himself making headline for the wrong reasons on more than one occasion (viz. the German “fancy dress” uniform in 2005) and for the modern-day press, a Royal Prince is much more than just fair game... he’s a guaranteed money-maker, so editors up and down the country must have been rubbing their hands with glee when these latest phone-camera images surfaced.
I accept that the Royal Family as an institution has a credibility to preserve and that behind palace doors, Harry’s escapade won’t have gone down particularly well. But... he’s 27... he’s single... and since when was a young single man not allowed to have some fun; or does a royal total bestow a lifetime of abstinence as well as a lifetime of privilege? You’ll have to answer that one for yourself.
For what it’s worth, I’m not really interesting in reading the story or seeing the pictures. Prince Harry has carried out his official duties in an increasingly mature and engaging manner and he and his brother have done much to bring the monarchy into the 21st century... and it would certainly be difficult to deny the huge popularity of the Queen and the Royal Family in this Jubilee Year.
But Prince Harry has also served Queen (or Grandmother) and Country in a military role as well... stories of the sacrifice that many have made in the line of duty are sadly all too familiar... so I will ask again; since when was a young single man not allowed to have some
Being perfectly honest, I would say that the Charles/Diana/Camilla triangle was far more distasteful than this current “scandal” and although I have reservations, I do hope that this story disappears sooner rather than later (although editors will always reserve the right to resurrect....) and Harry, along with his brother and his sister-in-law can carry on doing what they do best... proving that the Royal Family has a place in modern society and being figureheads of whom (for almost all the time) we can be justifiably and immensely proud.
All my own work... almost.